Genesis 1: House of the Covenant

Book cover
Author(s): 
Mary Daly
Illustrator(s): 
Catherine Billion and family
Copyright: 
2005
Publisher: 
Ye Hedge School
Binding: 
Stapled Softcover
Number of pages: 
29 pages
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

Printed on heavy paper in an approximately 9x12 format, this booklet is an explanation of the Creation account of Genesis 1. With thirteen inviting full-page line drawings to color, this slim volume packs a surprising punch.

Basing herself on the work of Fr. Stanley Jaki, Mrs. Daly explains the first creation account of Genesis in terms of its message about the Sabbath observance as an outward sign of the covenant between God and His people. Or, in her own words:

In Genesis 1, the message is about the importance of observing the Sabbath. In order to teach us the importance of this observance, Genesis 1 presents God Himself keeping a Sabbath rest after His creation of the universe, a vast work, suitable to his divine wisdom and his almighty power. and a work whose purpose actually to make a home for mankind, His partner in a solemn covenant.

Genesis 1: House of the Covenant is so different from many other works I have read on this topic. Each creative act described in Genesis 1 offers some specific and often profound insight into God of His creation, and insight which, ironically, is usually overlooked in insistence on the literal meaning of this portion of Scripture. In simple language, Mrs. Daly brings out these insights. One example, about Genesis 1:3 ("Let there be light.")

Nobody can work well in the darkness. The first thing we do (unless we are doing something bad) is to turn on the light.
... This light simply tells us that God did not work blindly, or for an evil reason, but purposefully, in light and goodness, and we are meant to see what he did. If we imagined God working in darkness, we might think the world was evil or accidental. What a mistake! We live in the orderly creation of a wonderful and loving intelligence.

Middle-schools students could use this book independently, but it is also a wonderful resource for parents introducing their younger children to Genesis. My oldest enjoyed it in 5th grade, and came away from it with a deeper sense of his heavenly Father's work in creation.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Additional notes: 

8.75x12" heavy paper, suitable for pencils, markers, or crayons

Nihil Obstat

Review Date: 
1-28-2008
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